If we were to wind back the clock two or three decades, a vacation was purely for rest purposes – and nothing got in the way of that. Mobile phones were only a recent thing, while the thought of emailing whilst sat on a beach was completely unheard of. It meant that we all had ample time to switch off and recharge our batteries.
Unfortunately, things have changed. While technology has done wonders for our lives in some regards, in other it has made it much more difficult to switch off. This is something that is often underestimated, and can lead people to eventually burn out.
Well, to make sure that your vacation isn’t going to be riddled with work, we have penned today’s article. Let’s now take a look at some of the things you can do to make sure you properly switch off the next time you jet away.
It starts with a handover
As you’ll soon find out, one of the easiest ways to cut your work as soon as you leave the office on the last day is to ensure your handover is in good, working order. This is something that you can start weeks before you depart – but far too many of us leave it until the very last minute.
This is the point in which things get missed out, and these things can come to haunt us later down the line. It might be via a phone call from a worried employee, or it might be something springing in your own head which reminds you that you haven’t disclosed a vital piece of information. Either way, a good handover can help matters immensely.
The power of saying ‘no’
Following on from the above, far too many of us just don’t know how to say “no” to our employers. This is something else that can really come to haunt us before we jet off into the sunset. There are a couple of issues of not turning down work when it comes to your holiday deadline. Firstly, by piling on all of this work, it means that creating a successful handover paper becomes harder than ever before.
Then, there’s your own head. Knowing that you are returning to an avalanche of work, on top of all of the unread emails, is something that will stay bubbling on your mind for the entire trip duration. Pluck up the courage to say no and you’ll be amazed at the effect it has for you and your family on your travels.
Your destination matters
Unsurprisingly, your destination matters as well. If you are the type of person who constantly needs to be on the move, a beach holiday is something that is probably just going to give you the itch to pick up your phone even more.
It means that you need to plan to be active and in some ways, busy. Choose a destination that has plenty to do, like the Belfry, and you can stimulate your brain in other ways apart from work.
Turn off your mobile phone, or compromise
Finally, as difficult as it might be, turn off your phone. As soon as you respond to one email, it’s a vicious circle and more will follow. If you can’t turn it off completely, at least compromise and set aside a maximum of ten minutes per morning to check emails. Any more than this and you are well and truly back in work mode, which defeats the purpose of your trip.
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